6:43 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Reports: North Carolina Out of the Running for Volvo Plant

Volvo Car Group plans to invest about $500 million to build its first auto factory in the U.S. in a bid to revive sales, which have tumbled over the past decade. Reports say North Carolina is no longer on the short list for the location of the factory.
News & Observer

Multiple reports are out that North Carolina is no longer in contention for a Volvo auto plant.  The company had announced a $500 million plant it was considering multiple states for, including North Carolina.  Now the News and Observer of Raleigh reports multiple anonymous sources have reported only South Carolina and Georgia are still in the running.  Governor Pat McCrory says the state is out of money to offer incentives and is imploring the legislature to offer more.  The House has passed what h

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2:11 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Longer Wait Time for Abortion


Women would have to wait longer in North Carolina before obtaining an abortion in a bill that a House committee is recommending.

A woman now must wait 24 hours after receiving information in person or over the phone from an abortion provider before having the procedure. The House Health Committee recommended a bill Wednesday expanding the waiting period to 72 hours.

Sponsor Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson says the measure is designed to protect the health of women but give them time and information to make an informed decision.

6:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

More NC Abortion Restrictions Up for Committee Debate

Credit Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images via Huffington Post

Republicans at the North Carolina legislature want to add to the state's abortion rules by extending the waiting period and scaling back when workers at two public medical schools can perform them.

The House Health Committee was slated Wednesday to hear a measure that's being opposed by abortion-rights advocates.

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6:24 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Supreme Court Orders Review of NC Redistricting


 The Supreme Court has thrown out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.

The justices on Monday ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.

The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.

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3:09 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

In Their Words: WCQS Speaks With Lawmakers

As part of an ongoing series, WCQS is reaching out to lawmakers from western North Carolina and beyond for in-depth, wide-ranging discussions on the issues that matter to you.  The goal of the series we're calling "In Their Words" is for you to have a chance to hear from the people running our local, state, and federal government in an open, honest, unfiltered way.  We will update the series over time.

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10:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Proponents & Critics of Lake Junaluska/Waynesville Merger Still Waiting

Lake Junaluska

Officials across Haywood County are waiting for the North Carolina General  Assembly to decide whether local voters will be allowed to consider whether  Lake Junaluska will become part of the Town of Waynesville. The two communities have been exploring the idea of a merger for more than four years.  Smoky Mt. News  reporter Becky Johnson spoke with David Hurand about the proposal and why the General Assembly hasn't agreed to place the question on the ballot for local voters.

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11:53 am
Tue April 14, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Joe Sam Queen

Rep. Joe Sam Queen

We’ve been hearing from area lawmakers over the past week.  Many were home last week for their version of spring break and that gave us a chance to speak with many of them.  Today we hear from Joe Sam Queen.  He’s a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in the state House. 

Area Democrats are not backing down on their call for the state to expand Medicaid, something the Republican-led General Assembly has refused to do.   Queen says North Carolinians are already footing the bill.

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9:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Susan Fisher

Rep. Susan Fisher at WCQS 04/10/15
Jeremy Loeb

We’ve been talking with area lawmakers over the past week as many were home for a week-long recess last week.  Today we’re focusing on an interview with Representative Susan Fisher, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Here are some highlights: 

In the segment below, Fisher talks about a new proposal in the legislature dealing with abortion.  It would mandate a 72 hour waiting period for a woman to have an abortion and would bar UNC or ECU’s medical schools from teaching or providing the procedure.  Fisher opposes the bill.

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7:32 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. John Ager

Rep. John Ager (D-Buncombe)
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

We’ve been conducting interviews with area lawmakers over the past week, as many were home for their version of spring break.  Our conversations continue with Representative John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  In the segment below, we talked to Ager about recent changes the legislature made to the state gasoline tax, which was immediately cut by a cent and a half, but that initial cut actually prevented the tax from dropping much further -as was projected, because the gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline.

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5:26 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Greensboro Fights Legislature's Plan to Revamp City Council

Greensboro News & Record

 Greensboro officials are hiring a law firm to fight a bid by legislative Republicans to restructure some city council members out of a job.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports city officials hired the Brooks Pierce firm to lobby lawmakers against the legislation and help form a legal strategy if the fight goes to court.

The legislation would reduce the size of Greensboro's city council, redraw districts and strip the mayor's vote in most circumstances.